Today the iPad Air hit shelves, and many sleep deprived loyalists will head home happy with a lighter pocket book and a hardly heavy bag in hand. The new, impossibly lightweight tablet is as appealing as ever, and you probably want to keep it that way. To maintain the device's pristine appearance, we present five solid case options. From a classic smart stand and minimalist sleeve to a keyboard-ready and a collaboration cover, the following iPad Air cases are sure to keep your new investment looking sharp and intact.
Barbour + Proporta
Only hours in and there are already collaborations on offer. This quilted cover is made with Barbour's signature tartan fabric and the Proporta's tech knowledge. Not only is the quilt pattern aesthetically pleasing, it also offers extra padding and insulation against scratches and battery loss due to low temperatures. Find more information from Proporta, where the quilted collaboration case is currently available for pre-order for $100.
Always on the list of iDevice covers to check out, DODOcase doesn't disappoint with a new range of Turkish and Moroccan textile-inspired iPad Air cases. The Metallics Collection features silkscreened designs and the brand's signature carved-out book design made with a solid bamboo tray using traditional bookbinding techniques in San Francisco. An elastic band keeps the "book" wrapped up tight when not in use. Find the unique case from DODOcase for $85.
The Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case is the most attractive auxiliary keyboard accessory we've seen for any of the iPad generations. Thinner than the impressively slim iPad Air, the keyboard and cover are made of aircraft-grade aluminum and can be propped up at multiple angles to make working comfortably in tight spaces possible. Plus, with full-sized keys and a reported 264-hour battery life, the Qode Ultimate Keyboard is a solid option for those looking to ditch their laptop on business trips. Find it from Belkin for $129.
More of a sleeve than a case, the 100% felted wool cover from Nedrelow is minimalism at its best. Made in Minneapolis, MN, the 1/8" thick wool is sturdy enough to protect your device and soft enough to avoid scratching it. And when laid flat, it provides a nice placemat for your iPad. The Sleeve is available from Nedrelow for an extremely reasonable price of $30.
Riffing off the original Apple smart cover, the Paradox Sleek Folio Case from Cygnett offers full 360 degree protection and a screen cover that folds into a range of stand options. The snap on, rubberized plastic case with a soft feel keeps your iPad Air in place and scratch-free, plus it's easy to remove should you want to take advantage of the device's extreme light weight. The microfiber lined screen cover protects from scratches as well. Available now from Cygnett for $40.
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